How to Celebrate July 4th in Erie, PA


On July 4, people from across the United States will come together to celebrate Independence Day. Erie, PA offers numerous places to celebrate July 4 as well as many different activities for the whole family. Obviously, you'll probably want to be outside to celebrate the holiday. You may, however, want to escape the heat. Either way, here are some ways you could celebrate July 4 in Erie, PA.

  • Go to Presque Isle for both the afternoon. Lake Erie is without question the best natural resource in the Erie area. Taking a dip in the lake is a great way to cool off on July 4. You can also have a barbecue while out on the beach or even play some beach volleyball on one of the many courts found at Presque Isle.

  • Attend the “Old Fashioned Fourth of July” at the Mercyhurst campus. This July 4 celebration is a great place to take your entire family. Live music, games and attractions such as face painting, great food and a fireworks show can all be found at this celebration.

  • Stay cool by seeing a movie at Tinsletown. Many times, July 4 can be a very hot day outside in Erie, PA. There's no reason that you have to remain outdoors all day long in order to enjoy the holiday. Tinsletown has the most theaters in the Erie area, thus giving you a plethora of movie options. All theaters are air conditioned, making this a great way to beat the heat.

  • Spend your day and evening at Waldameer Park and Water World. Waldameer is the only amusement park found in Erie and is a wonderful place to take your kids on July 4. Connected to Water World, the park offers fun for everybody. Whether you want to play some games, enjoy some rides or cool off in the water park, Waldameer Park and Water World has it all. To end the night, there are free fireworks on July 4.

  • Attend an Erie SeaWolves baseball game. There is just something special about taking in a baseball game on July 4. Depending on the year and the schedule of the SeaWolves, there may even be fireworks on July 4. Check the team schedule to ensure that the SeaWolves will be home on July 4.

  • Go to the July 4 parade in Millcreek. Much like a baseball game, a parade on July 4 is simply a traditional way to celebrate the holiday. Numerous groups in the Erie area will march in the parade. There is also the traditional parade entertainment, such as marching bands and other activities planned for the kids.

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